Sometimes I mention that I got something for free and a friend usually says, “that doesn’t surprise me!”
I try to be as thrifty as possible but I also like to use all kinds of small appliances in my kitchen. I am not one who needs to have the best of the best, but I do appreciate good quality. In order for me to satisfy thriftyness and quality sometimes I have to be a little creative.
A great way that I have discovered is with loyalty rewards. I collect points from my grocery store and my credit cards. When I shop for groceries and pay with a credit card I am collecting two times the points!
With these points I have “purchased” over $750 in small appliances for my kitchen. My coffee maker was over $200 at the store, the immersion blender goes for $149.99. That was a shocker to me, I didn’t realize it was so expensive. Other appliances on that list are Krups Coffee Grinder, CuisinArt Ice Cream Maker,CuisinArt Griddle and Waffle Plates and a Toaster Oven. The toaster oven came from a promotion that Demptser’s Bread offered a few years ago. With 12 proofs-of-purchase they sent you a Hamilton Beach Toaster Oven.
Lets not forget about the many gift card that I have received. Thus far I have ordered $750 in gift cards for stores such as Bath & Body Works, Winners, Pier 1, Shoppers Drug Mart, Best Buy and Canadian Tire. These are really great way to take some of the pressure off of your Christmas Bill. I used many of them to decorate our house when we first moved in. And truth be told, I used a $100 gift card for Canadian Tire to purchase the paint that I used to do the Kitchen Table!
When my old computer died we were not in a financial position to run out and buy a new one. I collected the points I had accumulated and ordered a Best Buy and a Visa gift card. I was able to get the computer I wanted with little out-of-pocket expense.
Sure you say that it is not free to be a member of the rewards programs. Each year for the MasterCard Rewards I pay $35 annually. And the grocery store rewards program is free! So all in all, I think it is a great deal. I get what I want and my wallet doesn’t get beat up in the mean time.
Just an idea that I thought I would share with you. Let me know if this is something you do. Where do you earn your points from?